In the late Spring of 1891, Greenbough Smith, the newly appointed literary editor of
‘The Strand’ received a submission of two handwritten manuscripts.
Forty years later he described how he reacted on that day—“I at once realized here was the greatest short story writer
since Edgar Allan Poe, I remember rushing into Mr. Noames [publisher ] room and thrusting the stories before his eyes ….
Here was a new and gifted story writer; there was no mistaking the ingenuity of the plot, the limpid clearness of the style,
the perfect art of telling a story.”
The two stories that excited Smith’s interest were ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ and ‘The Red-Headed League’